Ringwald sings jazz?
Yeah, who knew? But in recent years, Molly Ringwald has taken a lot of paths far from her famous days in John Hughes movies. In addition to stage acting, a TV show and writing a book, she has now released a jazz debut album, “Except…Sometimes,” on Concord Records and she will be appearing at Mizner Park’s new jazz nightclub, JAZZIZ Nightlife, on May 1 and 2 for four shows as part of the club’s official grand opening. A quick listen to her new album proves that Ringwald has an appealing talk-sing voice in the manner of Blossom Dearie and she covers both standards and a stylish re-do of Stephen Sondheim’s “Dick Tracy” song “Sooner Or Later,” originally sung by Madonna. For the ’80s obsessed, the album closes with her remake of “Don’t You Forget About Me,” from “The Breakfast Club.” Squee!
This week, the club is featuring four shows by Fourplay, the jazz-R & B fusion group featuring Bob James (cue the theme from “Taxi”), Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason. The shows are on Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and they will do a live interview after their afternoon sound check on Wednesday in the park’s “Black Box” theater upstairs from JAZZIZ. (Requires VIP tickets). For show tickets and more information: www.jazziz.com or call 561-910-7721.
President’s poet in Palm Beach
Miami-bred poet Richard Blanco, whose poem “One Today” was one of the highlights of President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony, is doing a reading at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach on May 1. He will appear at the “Plum Blush Of Dusk” soiree for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. The council believes Blanco, as both the first Latino and openly gay man to be an inaugural poet, will help “celebrate tolerance,” one of the council’s goals. For information about this limited-ticket event: call 561-586-0203 or visit www.pbchrc.org.
Smithereens — for free!
What’s better than a free concert on the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront?
A free concert on the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront by The Smithereens, one of the best, still underappreciated bands of the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. With The Livesays as openers, they perform at 4:30 p.m., Sunday as part of the Sunday on the Waterfront series at the Meyer Amphitheatre.
The New Jersey band, led by vocalist-guitarist Pat DiNizio, is known for such power-pop-meets-British Invasion songs as “A Girl Like You,” “Blood and Roses,” “Cigarette,” “House We Used To Live In,” “In A Lonely Place” (based on the great Bogart movie), “Only A Memory” and “Behind The Wall of Sleep.” It recently released “2011,” the first new Smithereens album in 12 years.
For more info: wpb.org/sunday-on-the-waterfront/concerts/the-smithereens/